Michael Dunlop has topped off a successful year of road racing with his first win of the Gold Cup at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough.
The Ballymoney man fought off competition from his rival Guy Martin, who had been gunning for his ninth victory, having won it a record eight times previously. But when it came to the race, which took place in wet conditions, Dunlop was able to take the lead and control the race, winning by over 11 seconds. Martin came home in second place, 11 seconds ahead of James Cowton. A number of big names got into difficulties during the race including John McGuinness, Bruce Anstey, William Dunlop and a retiring Ian Lougher.
The win for Dunlop comes after Martin won three races at the Ulster Grand Prix. He is the first Dunlop to have won the Gold Cup and only the second rider from Northern Ireland to do it, after Ryan Farquhar took the honour in 2011. It rounds off a highly successful season of road racing for Dunlop, which saw him win four races at the TT along with many other race wins. He heads to Le Mans this weekend to compete in the 24 Hour Race with Honda TT Legends.
Racing took place over Saturday and Sunday. There were also victories for Ian Lougher in the 250cc race (with Dunlop winning the other) and Davy Morgan in the Solo Non-Finalist race. Ian and Carl Bell took three wins in the sidecars. A full list of results can be found here (for Saturday) and here (for Sunday).